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Re: Hardware Database (WAS Re: RH recommends using Windows? plus aQuestion!)

On Wed, 2003-11-05 at 01:06, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> I'm deeply sceptical about any gui implementation from scratch - a
> form-based tool at first to test what exact information is needed seems
> more logical (but I'm not the one writing the code:)

	What sort of tool were you thinking of?

> The db could be hosted at a vendor-neutral location like osdl

	I was thinking that it would be nice to have an all-Linux Hardware
Compatibility Database. The engineering problems would be immense, of
course, starting with the simple logical problems of how to do it at

	It might be better to design a single system that would be easily
portable by other vendors.

> , and a
> system "card" accessible via a simple url so it can be referenced in the
> various bugzillas out there.

	That's a good idea.

>  (you aren't talking about replacing
> bugzilla are you ?)

	Absolutely not. :-)

> There may also probably be ways to have per-component views to allow
> linking to external info (vendor description pages, bios downloads,
> linuxprinting db entry, linux driver homepage,  newsgroup, etc)

	That is certainly a necessity, I'd think. I wonder how we'd get that
information -- automate it somehow, or get it from users, or have
volunteers populate it, or...?

> Anyway this is a wonderful idea, and it should be shared will all the
> other linux project that need hardware dbs.

	I think it would be a great step forward for Linux in general, and
certainly a great asset to Fedora. :-)


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